Holiday Hiatus

Below are the last two posts for 2011. Thanks for a productive year to our readers, editors, and conference organizers.

Here’s hoping that 2012 is a year filled with exciting health innovations, disseminated widely, and adopted universally.



CFP: Arts & Health

Arts & Health provides a pioneering international forum for the publication of research, policy and best practice within the interdisciplinary field of arts and health. This fast-emerging field has developed in response to international interest regarding the multifarious ways in which the arts contribute to health, wellbeing, social inclusion and healthcare practice across a range of settings. The field has become an inter- and multi-disciplinary arena for those concerned with research, policy and practice initiatives, including artists, health care professionals, community workers, and researchers in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Arts & Health takes a broad-based approach in examining uses of the arts in public health, health promotion and health care. The journal publishes empirical research, policy analysis, theoretical discourse, systematic reviews and examples of best practice in the following areas:

  • Social and medical science research relevant to arts and health
  • Public policy on the role of arts in health
  • Community and public health practice through the arts
  • Health promotion and illness prevention through arts-based interventions
  • Health education supported by the arts
  • Aesthetics and design of healthcare settings and environments
  • The arts in clinical practice (including both physical and mental health)
  • Arts-based research methodologies

Future Paper Topics:

  • Situated Visual Ethics in Arts and Health Research
  • The State of Arts and Health in Canada and the United States
  • How True Partnerships Exponentially Grow Hospital Arts Programs
  • Socially-Engaged Art: The Impact of Japanese Government Policy on ‘Gross National Happiness’.
  • and a range of empirically-based research articles, examples of best practice in arts and health and policy reviews from local, regional and national perspectives

CFP: Health, Culture, Human Body (conference)

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: The 2nd international and interdisciplinary conference on Health, Culture and the Human Body: Epidemiology, ethics and history of medicine, perspectives from Turkey and Central Europe Istanbul, Turkey, 13-15 September 2012

Demographic change in a globalized world raises not only social and economic issues but also ethical problems within the medical system of aging societies. Medical care for elderly people cannot be conceptualized and organized without considering a cultural understanding of aging and the economic and social circumstances of a given society. In this regard this conference will focus on ethical, historical and epidemiological perspectives of aging in a global world, including issues such as health care research and health-related knowledge, attitudes and practices of elderly people. Further subjects of the conference are the beginning of life and sexually transmitted diseases, which will also be discussed from an interdisciplinary perspective. This conference will focus on the selected cases from Turkey, Germany, and other countries which for the last 50 years have been closely connected by substantial migration processes, as they had been earlier through medical scientific exchanges and common clinical practice. After the well received first round held in Germany (Mainz) in 2010, the aim of this second conference is to establish a discussion platform for different ethical considerations among historically connected countries, applying an interdisciplinary “medicine studies” approach to selected sample cases from Turkey, Germany and other countries with comparable relationships.

The chosen thematic areas are:

  • Aging, culture and medicine (aging and culture, aging and perception of the body, medical care and geriatrics, geriatrics and ethics, hospice systems)
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (e.g. AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhea; the social perception of venereal diseases and medicine, politics-ethics and the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases)
  • Beginning of life and ethics (Assisted Reproductive Technologies, abortion, religion-medicine and the beginning of life)
  • Migration and Health

Abstracts (max. 250 words) of proposed conference papers should be submitted by 29 February 2012, to the attention of Hakan Ertin MD PhD, E-Mail:  Istanbul University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of History of Medicine and Ethics. Tel: +90 532 321 71 77

Fax: +90 212 414 22 86 Publication of selected papers is envisaged. Venue: Istanbul University Doctorate Halls –Beyazıt, Istanbul, Turkey

CFP: Nurse Editors Conference

Call for Posters: INANE: International Academy of Nursing Editors 2012 Conference

August 1-3, 2012, Marriott Château Champlain, Montréal, Québec, Canada

The poster session at the 2011 San Francisco meeting of INANE was a great success! Now, you can share your creative and innovative ideas with other editors at the exciting, upcoming 2012 meeting in Montréal by participating in the poster session. The session will be held on Thursday, August 2, from 4:00 to 5:00 in the 36th floor Maisonneuve of the Marriott Château Champlain.

Submission Information: Prepare a one-page document in .doc or .docx format, using the following headings:

  1. Title: aim for a descriptive title using no more than 25 words
  2. Authors: list names and affiliations for each author
  3. Contact: provide the e-mail address for the corresponding author
  4. Objectives: list 1-2 objectives stating with what the viewer will learn
  5. Abstract: summary of the content in no more than 250 words
  6. References: add references if your abstract includes any citations

Submit your document via e-mail to Susan J. Henly:

Deadline for submission: March 1, 2012 | Notification of acceptance: March 15, 2012. Specific instructions about size of poster boards, etc will be provided with notice of acceptance.

Topic Suggestions:

  • Link to the Montréal Program: globalization; emerging editorial roles; ethics; professional organizations for editors; publishing models
  • Follow-up the San Francisco Meeting: social media; impact factor; bibliometrics; ethics; IOM initiative on the Future of Nursing
  • Your inventive ideas on any editing issues; generating content; peer review; scientific and technical writing; linking research, education, and practice; running the editorial office; working with publishers; connecting with readers; developing authors

Poster Sub-committee: Susan J. Henly, PhD, RN, Associate Editor, Nursing Research; Molly C. Dougherty, PhD, RN, Editor, Nursing Research

For complete program and membership information, go to:

CFS: Death Studies

Death Studies | Published By: Routledge | Frequency: 10 issues per year | 2008 Impact Factor: .842

Ranking: 52/101 Psychology, Multidisciplinary, 13/32 in Social issues, and 22/29 in Social Sciences, Biomedical

Now published ten times each year, this acclaimed journal provides refereed papers on significant research, scholarship, and practical approaches in the fast growing areas of bereavement and loss, grief therapy, death attitudes, suicide, and death education. It provides an international interdisciplinary forum in which a variety of professionals share results of research and practice, with the aim of better understanding the human encounter with death and assisting those who work with the dying and their families. Peer Review Policy: All articles have undergone anonymous double-blind review by at least two referees.

CFP: Making Sense of Chronicity (Health, Illness & Disease Project)

2nd Global Conference–Making Sense of: Chronicity: A Health, Illness and Disease Project | Thursday 30th August – Saturday 1st September 2012 | Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project aims to explore the processes by which we attempt to create meaning in chronic illness (CI). The apparent increase in and diversity of chronic conditions calls for better understandings of the spaces between health and illness that chronic patients occupy, often for most of their lives. How can we articulate the tension between the biomedical model of chronicity and its embodied experience? What language and other forms of representation can we use to map, chart and begin to explore the meanings possible within such spaces? What insights can these provide to inform better chronic care management? What is the relationship between chronicity and wellbeing? How do individuals, societies and cultures make sense of chronicity?

We particularly welcome papers/ worshops/ short performances on topics which might include, but are not restricted to:

  • 1. The Borderlands:
    • – well but ill; degrees of wellness; degrees of illness.
    • – chronic illness; terminal illness
    • – chronic pain/ acute pain
    • – metaphors for and of the journey
  • 2. Understanding CI
    • – clinical trials/ Big Pharma and CI
    • – identity and sense of self
    • – shame, stigma and guilt
    • – medicine, the clinical gaze, and CI
    • – the relationship with our body
  • 3. Living with CI
    • – CI and family
    • – CI and work
    • – CI and disability
    • – CI and ethnicity
    • – CI and gender
  • 4. Giving CI Voices
    • – the language of CI
    • – narrating CI
    • – representing CI
    • – performing CI
  • 5. Coping with CI
    • – chronic pain
    • – managing chronic illness/self-managing chronic illness
    • – life, time and reinventing meaning
    • – healthcare and CI
    • – living well

Papers will be accepted which deal with related areas and themes. The 2012 meeting of Making Sense Of: Chronicity will run alongsidethe fifth of our projects on Making Sense Of: Madness and weanticipate holding sessions in common between the two projects. We welcome any papers or panels considering the problems or addressing issues that cross both projects. Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 16th March 2012. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 22nd June 2012. 300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords

E-mails should be entitled: CHR2 Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year. All accepted abstracts will be included in this publication. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs: Maria Vaccarella, Hub Leader, Making Sense Of: and Marie Curie Research Fellow, King’s College, London E-mail:  | Rob Fisher, Network Founder and Network Leader, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Freeland, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom E-mail:

The conference is part of the ‘Making Sense Of:’ series of research projects. The aim of the conference is to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into a themed ISBN hard copy volume. For further details of the project, please visit: 

For further details of the conference, please visit:

CFS: Health Communication

Call for Submissions: Health Communication

Increased to 8 issues per year in 2009 | Impact Factor now 1.154 | Ranking: 12/45 in Communication and 29/41 in Health Policy & Services

As an outlet for scholarly communication between health and social sciences, Health Communication seeks to improve practical communication between caregivers and patients and between institutions and the public. Outstanding editorial board members and contributors from both medical and social science arenas collaborate to meet the challenges inherent in this goal. Although most inclusions are data-based, the journal also publishes pedagogical, methodological, theoretical, and applied articles using both quantitative or qualitative methods. Topics covered include provider-patient (or family) interaction, health campaigns, health information, health promotion, interviewing, health public relations, and gerontological concerns.

Health Communication Peer Review Policy: All articles have undergone anonymous double-blind review.